Fishing Between Fronts and Flows
It’s hard to keep current on conditions, when flows and weather are changing so much. In the last five days, the Big Thompson has changed from 100cfs to 244cfs and then to 200cfs. One good thing about Friday’s night dump into the canyon is that it cleared out much of the gunk that was fouling our rigs. I avoided the T on Saturday due to the dump that undoubtedly spooked the fish and the front which would just make not catching fish uncomfortable as well as frustrating. Sunday was another matter though. Marc Guy and I hit the upper canyon early to brush up his nymphing technique. He hooked up early on Soft Hackle Sow Bugs, Rainbow Warriors, and Poison Blue Tungs; all size #20.
Around 1pm we moved to the top. There was no visible surface action and the high flows had the fish pretty spread out and down. Short on time, (after all it was Mother’s Day) we moved quickly downstream from the gauging station looking for slower water and scored a nice 15 Bow to finish the day. — Wallace Westfeldt